Throwing a party or having a bunch of friends over for dinner can be a ton of fun but it can also be extremely stressful. From picking food options that will please both the carnivore and the health-conscious vegetarian, to making sure you don’t sit anyone next to someone they “just can’t stand”, to worrying that Janine is going to bring that weirdo again (seriously, who was that guy??). The last thing you need is all of your guests stealing bandwidth from your devices, not to mention bothering you all night for your Wi-Fi password because “I know you already told me but I forgot and now I really need to show that guy Janine brought this awesome song on YouTube”. So check this inevitable migraine off the To-Do list by creating a Guest Network before your guests arrive; it’s easy to do plus it allows your guests to connect to a dedicated Wi-Fi network without affecting the devices connected to your private home network. Here’s how to do it:
While connected to your wireless network, open up your router’s settings by typing 192.168.0.1 in the address bar of any web browser. Log in with your admin username and password (you should have created these when you initially set up your router. If you have forgotten this information, you will need to reset your device and log in with default account info).
1. Click on the ‘Settings’ tab
2. On the drop down menu, click ‘Wireless’
3. On the right hand side, select the ‘Guest Zone’ tab
4. Slide the ‘Status’ bar to ‘Enabled’
5. Name your Guest Network and create a password.
6. If you want your guests to connect but not have access to communicate or detect other connected devices on your network, make sure the ‘Internet Access Only’ bar is ‘Enabled’.
7. Click ‘Save Settings’ above and once complete your Wi-Fi Guest Network should appear in your device’s list of available networks. Easy!
So while we can’t help you figure out table placements, what to do for the menu (although here’s a tasty morsel I just had) or how to get Janine’s boyfriend to forget where you live, we hope this helps alleviate the stress a bit so you can enjoy the party with everyone else. You deserve it!